Do you need to take x-rays?
No. However, if your response to chiropractic is irregular, or there are “red flags” showing signs of underlying tissue damage or pathology, it would be very useful to get x-rays or MRI - in which case I can make a referral to a nearby imaging clinic.
Since I use manual biofeedback methods, and gentle adjusting techniques, I don’t depend on x-rays to determine where to adjust. An x-ray is a static picture of your structure, like a snapshot in time. It can reveal the state of your bones, unusual or postural anomalies, fractures, pathologies and other damage - at that specific time. If you have previous x-rays I always appreciate viewing them to have an inside look, and perhaps get a better understanding of specific issues related to why the x-rays were taken in the first place. However, I never determine what to adjust and/or monitor your progress with multiple repeat x-rays.
It’s interesting to note that the discovery of chiropractic and the invention of the x-ray coincided exactly in 1895. For the first time it was possible to visualize individual vertebrae completely isolated from the surrounding soft tissue. When a bone was seen to be slightly misaligned from other adjacent bones, it seemed logical at that time to physically move it back into a more correct position, irrespective of the soft tissue context or actual cause of why that bone became misaligned. I sometimes wonder how much the invention of x-ray influenced early “bone out of place” concepts.